An owl stuck in the grill of a car prompted an unlikely rescue story after a driver failed to notice the giant bird for hours after hitting it.
Driver Sonji Coney Williams was headed south on the Florida turnpike, going about 60 miles per hour, when she saw a bird fly in front of her SUV. It was dark and the woman assumed that she had killed the bird, so she continued on.
But the owl wasn’t dead; it was stuck in her grill. She continued driving for more than an hour through Central Florida until she reached her destination.
She didn’t find out about the giant, yell0w-eyed owl until a day later. Williams said she was going to run some errands when a family flagged her down and told her about the great bird stuck in her grill. It turned out to be a great horned owl, a species common in that region of Florida.
“I’ve never experienced anything like this before in my life,” Williams told WTVC as crews worked on getting the owl stuck in the grill back free and into the wild.
Afraid to free the bird herself, Williams called Florida Fish and Wildlife, which sent an officer to open the hood and gently free the owl stuck in the grill.
Williams said she felt guilt for the owl stuck in her grill and cried as she recounted the incident to a news crew.
The story of the owl stuck in the grill was a hit on the internet, with several outlets picking up the story and stations from Florida to North Carolina featuring the story.